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June 3: Self-Care for Educators During The COVID-19 Crisis
Practicing self-care is never a bad idea for educators, but it becomes even more important in times of crisis. New Hampshire’s educators have been doing a terrific job, transforming the traditional classroom to remote instruction in less than a week in some cases.
You’re a superhero in the eyes of many, but you’re also human—and your mental health matters. All the good advice on taking care of ourselves we’ve heard so many times can go in one ear and out the other. Today’s environment adds challenges to our well-being different from anything in our experience. Self-care is more important now than ever before, and harder to achieve.
How do we keep ourselves healthy and emotionally well while at the same time giving ourselves the grace and space to not be perfect?
Megan is joined by Cynthia Dickinson, M.Ed., Cigna Employee Assistance Program and Irv Richardson, Ph. D, NEA-NH Professional Education Support Services Director to offer some suggestions for self-nurturing and maintaining a level of wellness that will help us go the distance now and after this crisis has passed.
June 3, 2020, 7:30PM
May 26: Being Better on the Other Side of COVID-19
This week, Megan is joined by NEA National Vice President Becky Pringle to examine two very important questions: What do we have to do to be better on the other side of COVID-19 than before it started, and what should be our role in shifting our usual choices and decision-making to address racial, social and economic justice during conversations about rebuilding and recovery?
Under Becky’s guidance, NEA works to widen access and opportunity by demanding changes to policies, programs, and practices. Our goal is to ensure the systemic, fair treatment of people of all races so that equitable opportunities and outcomes are within reach for every student. In the social justice arena, Becky also fights for the rights of students who have disabilities, identify as LGBTQ, or are English Language Learners.
The COVID-19 crisis is bringing a spotlight to many of the inequalities inherent in our current system of public education. As educators, must be sure we also see it as an opportunity to examine how to better serve all students as we emerge from the crisis.
May 19: What Needs To Happen Before You Feel Safe Returning to School?
The NH Education Commissioner has created a task force to recommend how and when to re-open schools. It should come as no surprise to members that teacher’s voices are not adequately represented on the task force. In the words of the Commissioner “this is not a democratic process.”
And it is clearly not a safe process either. Without a vaccine or effective treatment options, educators are not sure it would be safe to go back to school and many wonder if social distancing could really work in classrooms and hallways when school buildings eventually reopen.
Who decides if it is safe for students and teachers to come back and what advice are they following? The voices included on Edelblut’s task force seem to be there to reinvent public education rather than define a safe process to re-open our neighborhood schools.
Both the National Education Association and AFT have said schools shouldn’t reopen until there is more widespread testing and contact tracing for the coronavirus, and have raised the possibility that teachers could strike or protest if they are sent back to buildings too soon.
Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH President, has been invited by the Commissioner to be on a working group, not the Task Force – an appointment that looks good to the public but effectively silences New Hampshire’s professional educators.
May 12, 2020 – Educate and Elevate
NEA-NH knows our Educational Support Professional (ESP) members keep schools running, and students safe, healthy, and ready to learn. ESPs are critical to the success of every student. Educating the public about what it means to be an ESP and how they improve New Hampshire student lives, is vitally important, and NEA-NH has undertaken a long-term campaign so that voters have a very clear understanding of the need for fair compensation and benefits, as well as safe working conditions. Join Megan Tuttle and her guests from the NEA-NH ESP Issues Committee as they discuss the Educate and Elevate campaign and the upcoming ESP Workshops to help achieve these goals.
- Links Mentioned in the Talk:
- Share Your Story
- NEA-NH ESP Page
- NEA-NH Educate and Elevate Page with Workshop Registrations
May 5, 2020 – Remote Learning and Special Education
The challenges of remote learning are especially great for our special education community. Advocates say it’s crucial that students with disabilities continue to receive instruction during closures. Research has found that breaks in schooling — even for a day or two — can erode ground on skills students were starting to master. But keeping them engaged from afar will be a challenge, schools say, especially for those with severe disabilities. Jane Bergeron, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators, will join Megan to discuss this important issue and answer your questions.
April 28, 2020 – The CARES Act and Educators
This week’s topic covers questions about the Family First and CARES Acts, and how educators can benefit from their provisions. These bills, while not perfect, are a good start, and address many needs of our students, educators, and schools. Mary Kusler, Senior Director of NEA’s Center for Advocacy will join us to help answer your questions including what kind of help these bills provide, are student loans impacted, and can districts use the money to pay educators.
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April 21, 2020 – The Impact of Remote Learning
This week we’ll be talking about the major impact remote learning has had on our members and their families and how we’re all coping with it. Everything has changed and there’s no precedent or textbook to follow. Join us as we share stories, talk about our successes and what still needs to be done as we plan to finish this academic year remotely.